One of the most impressive and surprising elements of the Pokemon Go rollout was the game's ability to usher gamers into the public to engage with a bunch of strangers with shared interests. At GDC 2019, Niantic and event producers are teaming up for real life Pokestops that will be running during GDC @ The Gardens.
The Game Developers Conference organizers state on the official GDC @ The Gardens event page that this particular experience is a new initiative "aimed at giving everyone a place to relax and unwind" outside of the Moscone Center, which is where GDC 2019 takes place. Better yet, everyone in the area can come and enjoy GDC @ The Gardens due to the event not being limited to Game Developers Conference pass holders. It will be a good spot to take a load off with the offered chairs, picnic tables, and blankets.
Niantic, the creator of Pokemon Go, is leaving its stamp on GDC @ The Gardens with real-life incarnations of a Pokemon Go Pokestop and an Ingress Patrol Portal on site. So, bring your mobile devices and possibly an extra external battery so you can enjoy everything this real Pokestop has to offer. The experience runs throughout the week and will also feature rotating DJ sets. Here's a look at the DJ schedule and what type of music will be played(more may be added closer to the event):
- Monday, March 18th, 3 pm: Pedro Silva (Ooblets)
- Tuesday, March 19th, 3 pm: Austin Wintory (Journey, Banner Saga, Abzu)
- Wednesday, March 20th, 3 pm: Hydelic (Tetris Effect, Rez Infinite)
- Thursday, March 21st, 3 pm: Disasterpeace (Hyper Light Drifter, FEZ, Mini Metro)
- Friday, March 22nd, 3 pm: Priscilla Snow (Voyageur, A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build)
If you get hungry during GDC @ The Garden and want to step away from the Niantic Pokestop, there will be food truck hosted by Off The Grid. Due to zoning restrictions, only GDC pass holders can purchase from the trucks. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional gaming and tech updates.